We breed with passion and with one single objective:
the reliable selective breeding of working dogs
We do this in all its complexity, looking for those abilities and qualities (physical, mental, behavioural and morphological) which, married to a careful and appropriate imprinting and suitable training, together form a good hunting dog, a faithful and reliable companion, healthy and with the typical features of the breed.
The closer we get to this ideal, the more our dog will be able to provide us with the priceless thrills and satisfactions of the hunt, and in the same way, also in everyday life.
These pages do not have any commercial or promotional purpose. ‘Breeding JAGDTERRIERS’ does not, for us, imply churning out puppies. For us, breeding does not mean producing more and more for profit, but selecting and investing in order to make improvements. Breeding dogs in a serious way requires competence and passion, and does not simply mean letting two dogs mate and waiting for puppies. Breeding with the single goal of selecting, with thoroughness and dedication, a dog that can meet the challenges of true hunting and therefore the needs of the hunter. For us, breeding means, first of all, respect for the dog, awareness, taking on great responsibility for the dogs reared and for the breed itself and therefore for their behavioural and physical characteristics. It means acting with humility, admitting ones own errors and recognising the merit in others, remembering that one can always improve.
The few acts of mating are always the result of painstaking selection of the studs, which have pedigrees of unquestionable value, which actively hunt and which meet our specific requirements. Above all, as an overarching principle, I choose only to breed healthy specimens (I take into consideration health, genetic defects or hereditary diseases which can affect Deutscher JAGDTERRIER – the hereditary myopathy ‘CNM’ and the primary lens luxation ‘PLL’ which has now been practically eradicated). Specimens must also have marked natural aptitudes, precociously demonstrated in the aptitudinal tests organised by official kennel clubs of the breed (which are part of the international club I V-DJT, and therefore select the breed following the directives of its native land: GERMANY) and especially during hunts, because let us always remember, our true testing ground is the hunt! These natural aptitudes, which are preserved through careful and wise selective breeding and which cannot be acquired through training, are: great passion, nose, spoor loud (voice on the trail) hardness, sharpness, water joy, the bond with the hunter and returning (sharpness is a quality of the breed that manifests itself towards the hunted animal and it is very important to remember that it has absolutely nothing to do with biting or aggression towards people or other dogs).
In the evaluation of the studs, great importance is given to behavioural characteristics, such as docility, both intraspecific and interspecific sociability and their temperament.
We also give importance to the physical characteristics of the breed standard, such as typicality, proportions, teeth, size, fur, etc.
The physical characteristics of a working dog are important because they are and must always be linked to its function. A well-built dog will certainly be better suited to and better at the activities for which it has been selected. Moreover, a beautiful dog will always be appreciated and give us pleasure, even when just looking at one.
We are not interested, however, in beauty as an end in itself, or dogs as catwalk models. Without work the Jagdterrier no longer exists, just as no other working dog can! We do not follow trends and condemn ‘hyper-typicality’ that, apart from being absurd, is also dangerous to the dog and for the breed itself; as an example: a small dog sized 35/45 smooth haired, can be just as beautiful (if not more) than another sized 40/52 rough haired and a beard…..
These are the principles on which the operation of ‘Von de Netscho Weide’ is based. As the old saying goes ‘When rearing animals the best is only just enough’.
A Little History
My passion for dogs, a consequence of a passion for hunting and for hunting dogs (hounds and terriers), deeply rooted among my relatives and in the hunting traditions of my mountain village, has been with me since my childhood. I have always been passionate about hounds, especially ‘Italian hare-hounds’ (segugio italiano). In the 1990s my interest for the DJT (Deutscher Jagdterrier) breed began. In 1996 I got my first Deutscher Jagdterrier. Driven by my need for a dog that met the challenges of the hunt and fully manifested the characteristics of the breed, my interest grew over time, becoming a will and a need to deepen knowledge of the breed. So I started to spend time with people and in places where the Jagdterrier had long been known. I met serious hunter-breeders (the Jagdterrier is only for hunters) and I came into closer contact with the kennel clubs of the breed in various European countries which have been carrying out a careful selective breeding for years, with unquestionable competence. In particular, in 2000, I became a member of the German Deutscher Jagdterrier–Club e. V. and of the French Jagdterrier club de France. In 2017 I was registered as a ‘recommended breeder’ by the latter.
Over time I have been able to come into close contact and compare the vast majority of the existing pedigrees, attending aptitudinal trials and tests with my dogs, meeting many passionate experts and further widening my knowledge.
In 2010, on the insistence of some French friends, I applied for and obtained official kennel status, recognised by ENCI, FCI as ‘Von de NETSCHO WEIDE’ (‘von de Netscho Weide’ is written in ‘Titsch’, the Germanic Walser dialect spoken in my village. Literally translated it means ‘from the pastures of Netscho’. Netscho is a particularly dear place to me).
From 2000 we are member of the German Deutscher Jagdterrier-Club e. V. and of the French Jagdterrier club de France.
We are registered as RECOMMENDED BREEDERS (Èlevages recommendès) BY THE JAGDTERRIER CLUB DE FRANCE committed to respect all the rules that being so entails.
All our specimens (including external studs used in reproduction) are:
Registered with documented pedigree (the official ENCI document or a foreign origins book) Recognised by the FCI (with DNA deposit that certifies and guarantees the origins)
Free from Primary Lens Luxation and tested for the hereditary myopathy CNM.
tested and qualified in aptitude tests (tests of natural ability) organised by official kennel clubs affiliated to the I V-DJT (The international association of DJT)
Evaluated for breed standard characteristics by an expert judge of the breed
Rigorously employed in hunting
The DJT Breed